Many teenagers with autism are interested in attending college, and many have the capability to not only attend but to excel at college. Going to college also offers many unique opportunities beyond academic programs, including social-skills building opportunities and a chance to practice independent living skills in an environment that still offers many supports. Upon graduation, many individuals report greater job opportunities, as well as a tremendous sense of pride and increased self-confidence which also helps them tackle the next chapter in their life.
In this blog post, I would like to share with you a toolkit which was recently released by the advocacy organization Autism Speaks for individuals with autism who are seeking post-secondary opportunities. This is a great resource for any teenager or young adult considering attending college.
The kit can be accessed through the following link http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/tool-kits/transition-tool-kit/post-secondary-educational-opportunities free of charge as a pdf file you can download and keep or print. They can also be reached by calling (888) 288-4762 - En Español (888) 772-9050.
This guide is an incredibly comprehensive resource! It details many aspects of seeking post-secondary education from finding the best environment for each student, as well as how to obtain accommodations at a college or university if needed. The toolkit also includes resources for further reading or support if desired. If you are a parent or teenager of a child with autism who has thought about going to college, or if you work at a middle or high school with individuals with autism, I highly recommend accessing this toolkit to get you started on your journey!